The Armed Forces Community Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant logo - drawing of a lion holding a union flag next to a crown

Cheltenham signed up to the Gloucestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012.

The Armed Forces Community Covenant complements, at a local level, the armed forces covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces. The aim of the community covenant is to encourage local communities to support the service community in their area and promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community. The covenant aims to:

  • encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas and to nurture public understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community
  • recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community
  • encourage activities which help to integrate the armed forces community into local life
  • encourage the armed forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement

See the Gloucestershire Armed Forces Covenant.

The Gloucestershire County Council website provides a wealth of information about the covenant and sources of support.  

Defence employer recognition scheme

In November 2020, Cheltenham Borough Council was proud to be awarded the Bronze Award in the defence employer recognition scheme.  This means that as a council, we pledge to support defence and the armed forces community, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community.  We are open to and welcome reservists, veterans, cadet instructors and military spouses and partners as employees. 


Contact the team for further information.

The member covenant champion is Cllr Steve Harvey.